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  1. Towards a Third Theatre

    Eugenio Barba and the Odin Teatret, 2nd Edition

    By Ian Watson

    Eugenio Barba is one of Europe's leading theatre directors, at the forefront of experimental and group theatre for more than twenty years. Ian Watson provides the most comprehensive and systematic study of Barba's work, including his training methods, dramaturgy, productions and theories, as well...

    Published May 3rd 1995 by Routledge

  2. Fifty Key Theatre Directors

    Edited by Shomit Mitter, Maria Shevtsova

    Series: Routledge Key Guides

    Fifty Key Theatre Directors covers the work of practitioners who have shaped and pushed back the boundaries of theatre and performance. The authors provide clear and insightful overviews of the approaches and impact of fifty of the most influential directors of the twentieth and twenty-first...

    Published April 4th 2005 by Routledge

  3. A Director Prepares

    Seven Essays on Art and Theatre

    By Anne Bogart

    A Director Prepares is a thought-provoking examination of the challenges of making theatre. In it, Anne Bogart speaks candidly and with wisdom of the courage required to create 'art with great presence'. Each chapter tackles one of the seven major areas Bogart has identified as both potential...

    Published May 23rd 2001 by Routledge

  4. To the Actor

    2nd Edition

    By Michael Chekhov

    Edited by Mala Powers

    How does an actor learn to: * Call up emotion? * Develop a character? * Strengthen awareness? These are essential techniques for every actor, and Michael Chekhov's classic work To the Actor explains, clearly and concisely, how to develop them. Chekhov's simple and practical method - successfully...

    Published May 1st 2002 by Routledge

  5. Jacques Lecoq

    By Simon Murray

    Series: Routledge Performance Practitioners

    This text offers a concise guide to the teaching and philosophy of one of the most significant figures in twentieth century actor training. Lecoq's influence on the theatre of the latter half of the twentieth century cannot be overestimated. This is the first book to combine an historical...

    Published September 4th 2003 by Routledge

  6. Experimental Theatre

    From Stanislavsky to Peter Brook, 4th Edition

    By James Roose-Evans

    `It is a pleasure to read. Well-written, free of cant, impressively wide-ranging. The book is really an introduction to the avant-garde.' - John Lahr...

    Published March 9th 1989 by Routledge

  7. Vsevolod Meyerhold

    By Jonathan Pitches

    Series: Routledge Performance Practitioners

    All books in the Routledge Performance Practitioners series are carefully designed to enable the reader to understand the work of a key practitioner. They provide the first step towards critical understanding and a springboard for further study for students on twentieth century, contemporary...

    Published August 20th 2003 by Routledge

  8. Jacques Lecoq and the British Theatre

    Edited by Franc Chamberlain, Ralph Yarrow

    Jacques Lecoq and the British Theatre brings together the first collection of essays in English to focus on Lecoq's school of mime and physical theatre. For four decades, at his school in Paris, Jacques Lecoq trained performers from all over the world and effected a quiet evolution in the theatre....

    Published November 22nd 2001 by Routledge

  9. Yuri Lyubimov: Thirty Years at the Taganka Theatre

    By B. Beumers

    A study of Yury Lyubimov's tempestuous career and his style of theatre during his thirty years at the Taganka Theatre. This work traces the development of his ideas, from his arrival at the theatre in 1964 through to his explusion in 1984, and his period of exile in the West until his return in...

    Published October 29th 1997 by Routledge

  10. Moscow Performances

    The New Russian Theater 1991-1996

    By John Freedman

    The reviews and features collected in John Freedman's Moscow Performances bring to life the diversity, energy, and imagination of Russian theater as few books have done before. While focusing on the work of Moscow's leading directors - Pyotr Fomenko, Kama Ginkas, Valery Fokin, Anatoly Vasilyev,...

    Published April 7th 1998 by Routledge

  11. Peter Brook: Oxford to Orghast

    By R. Helfer, G. Loney

    Peter Brook is known internationally as a theatre visionary, and a daring experimenter on the cutting-edge of performance and production. This book concentrates on Brook's early years, and his innovative achievements in opera, television, film, and the theatre. His productions are viewed separately...

    Published September 15th 1998 by Routledge

  12. Moscow Performances II

    The 1996-1997 Season

    Edited by John Freedman

    This is a collection of John Freedman's reviews and articles, most originally written for the Moscow Times, in which he focuses his expert critical eye on the directors, writers and actors who held centre stage during the 1996-97 theatre season in Moscow. The book looks at the debut of promising...

    Published January 26th 1999 by Routledge

  13. The Director's Craft

    A Handbook for the Theatre

    By Katie Mitchell

    The Director’s Craft is a unique and completely indispensable step-by-step guide to directing for the stage. Written by one of the most adventurous and respected directors working today, this book will be an essential item in every student and practitioner’s kitbag. It provides detailed...

    Published August 11th 2008 by Routledge

  14. And Then, You Act

    Making Art in an Unpredictable World

    By Anne Bogart

    From well-known auteur of the American theatre scene, Anne Bogart, And Then, You Act is a fascinating and accessible book about directing theatre, acting and the collaborative creative process. Writing clearly and passionately, Bogart speaks to a wide audience, from undergraduates to practitioners...

    Published January 12th 2007 by Routledge

  15. The Show Makers

    Great Directors of the American Musical Theatre

    By Lawrence Thelen

    First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published June 7th 2002 by Routledge

  16. Tadeusz Kantor

    By Noel Witts

    Series: Routledge Performance Practitioners

    Routledge Performance Practitioners is a series of introductory guides to the key theatre-makers of the last century. Each volume explains the background to and the work of one of the major influences on twentieth- and twenty-first-century performance. Tadeusz Kantor was a key figure in European...

    Published November 24th 2009 by Routledge

  17. Contemporary European Theatre Directors

    Edited by Maria M. Delgado, Dan Rebellato

    'An invaluable book that we shall all be using for a long time to come' - Michael Billington Contemporary European Theatre Directors is an ambitious and unprecedented overview of many of the key directors working in European theatre over the past fifty years. It is a vivid account of the vast range...

    Published February 23rd 2010 by Routledge

  18. Stanislavsky in Focus

    An Acting Master for the Twenty-First Century, 2nd Edition

    By Sharon Marie Carnicke

    Stanislavsky in Focus brilliantly examines the history and actual premises of Stanislavsky’s 'System', separating myth from fact with forensic skill. The first edition of this now classic study showed conclusively how the 'System' was gradually transformed into the Method, popularised in the 1950s...

    Published August 31st 2008 by Routledge

  19. On Directing and Dramaturgy

    Burning the House

    By Eugenio Barba

    "A theatre which is able to speak to each spectator in a different and penetrating language is not a fantastic idea, nor a utopia. This is the theatre for which many of us, directors and leaders of groups, trained for a long time....." - from the Introduction On Directing is Eugenio Barba's...

    Published November 1st 2009 by Routledge

  20. The Routledge Companion to Directors' Shakespeare

    Edited by John Russell Brown

    The Routledge Companion to Directors' Shakespeare is a major collaborative book about plays in performance. Thirty authoritative accounts describe in illuminating detail how some of theatre’s most talented directors have brought Shakespeare’s texts to the stage. Each chapter has a revealing story...

    Published April 25th 2010 by Routledge

  21. Being a Director

    A Life in Theatre

    By Di Trevis

    Di Trevis is a world-renowned director, whose work with Britain’s National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, and directing productions worldwide, has deeply informed her knowledge of the director’s craft. In Being a Director, she draws on a wealth of first-hand experience to present an immersive...

    Published September 6th 2011 by Routledge

  22. Ensemble Theatre Making

    A Practical Guide

    By Rose Burnett Bonczek, David Storck

    Ensemble Theatre Making: A Practical Guide is the first comprehensive diagnostic handbook for building, caring for, and maintaining an ensemble. Successful ensembles don’t happen by chance; they must be created, nurtured, and maintained through specific actions. Achieving common goals in rehearsal...

    Published October 9th 2012 by Routledge

  23. Directing in Musical Theatre

    An Essential Guide

    By Joe Deer

    This comprehensive guide, from the author of Acting in Musical Theatre, will equip aspiring directors with all of the skills that they will need in order to guide a production from beginning to end. From the very first conception and collaborations with crew and cast, through rehearsals and...

    Published December 23rd 2013 by Routledge

  24. The Provocation of the Senses in Contemporary Theatre

    By Stephen Di Benedetto

    Series: Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

    Di Benedetto considers theatrical practice through the lens of contemporary neuroscientific discoveries in this provoking study, which lays the foundation for considering the physiological basis of the power of theatre practice to affect human behavior. He presents a basic summary of the ways that...

    Published October 5th 2011 by Routledge

  25. Sergei Radlov: The Shakespearian Fate of a Soviet Director

    By David Zolotnistky

    First Published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published February 9th 1996 by Routledge

  26. Devising Theatre

    A Practical and Theoretical Handbook

    By Alison Oddey

    Devising Theatre is a practical handbook that combines a critical analysis of contemporary devised theatre practice with descriptions of selected companies, and suggestions for any group devising theatre from scratch. It is the first book to propose a general theory of devised theatre. After...

    Published October 9th 1996 by Routledge

  27. Programming Theater History

    The Actor's Workshop of San Francisco

    By Herbert Blau

    ‘One of the great stories of the American theater..., the Workshop not only built an international reputation with its daring choice of plays and nontraditional productions, it also helped launch a movement of regional, or resident, companies that would change forever how Americans thought about...

    Published March 12th 2013 by Routledge

  28. The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre

    2nd Edition

    By Scott Graham, Steven Hoggett

    ‘This is a close companion to Frantic Assembly’s practice and one that is written with an open and engaging, even disarming, tone … A rich, rewarding and compelling text.’ Stuart Andrews, University of Surrey As Frantic Assembly move into their twentieth year of producing innovative and...

    Published July 14th 2014 by Routledge

  29. Directors in Rehearsal

    A Hidden World

    By Susan Cole

    First Published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published August 14th 1992 by Routledge

  30. The Wooster Group Work Book

    Edited by Andrew Quick

    The Wooster Group has consistently challenged audiences and critics alike with their extraordinary performance works, many of which are now recognised as ‘classics’ of the contemporary stage. The Wooster Group Work Book accesses, often for the first time, the company’s rehearsal methods and...

    Published September 25th 2007 by Routledge

  31. Hidden Territories

    The Theatre of Gardzienice

    By Cd-Rom Produced By Arts Archives, with Alison Hodge, Wlodzimierz Staniewski

    Wlodzimierz Staniewski's group Gardzienice Theatre has established an unparalleled reputation for a sensual and complex performance aesthetic. The work is inspired by the expressive traditions of indigenous culture and the musicality of the natural environment. This is the first full-length...

    Published October 29th 2003 by Routledge

  32. The Contemporary Ensemble

    Interviews with Theatre-Makers

    Edited by Duška Radosavljević

    ‘Dr. Radosavljevic has an excellent and extensive grasp of her subject, and deep understanding of not only the history of these groups, but how they function, and how each contributes to the field of ensemble theatre.’ – David Crespy, University of Missouri, USA Questions of ensemble – what it is...

    Published April 24th 2013 by Routledge

  33. Systems of Rehearsal

    Stanislavsky, Brecht, Grotowski, and Brook

    By Shomit Mitter

    The gap between theory and practice in rehearsal is wide. many actors and directors apply theories without fully understanding them, and most accounts of rehearsal techniques fail to put the methods in context. Systems of Rehearsal is the first systematic appraisal of the three principal paradigms...

    Published November 19th 1992 by Routledge

  34. Re: Direction

    A Theoretical and Practical Guide

    Edited by Gabrielle Cody, Rebecca Schneider

    Series: Worlds of Performance

    Re: Direction is an extraordinary resource for practitioners and students on directing. It provides a collection of ground-breaking interviews, primary sources and essays on 20th century directing theories and practices around the world. Helpfully organized into four key areas of the subject, the...

    Published October 25th 2001 by Routledge